At the end of an interminable last minute, stoppage of play oblige, the France team won 83-76 against that of the United States for its first match of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, this Sunday, July 25. A feat against the American giant.
Vincent Collet’s men had already eliminated the United States in the quarter-finals of the 2019 World Cup, but this is France’s first victory against Team USA at the Olympic Games.
However, the French team was off to a bad start: it had suffered three defeats and a canceled match against Italy in the preparation matches. The victory also ended a seven-game losing streak against the United States at the Olympic Games.
“We want to go far but we must remain humble”
“Authentic feat of our basketball players [français] vs [les Américains], rejoiced on Twitter the Minister Delegate in charge of Sports Roxana Maracineanu. Big congratulations to the players, the staff and Vincent Collet “
However, the gold medal is still a long way off. Next step for French basketball players: next Wednesday against the Czech Republic.
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“It’s a match won against the best team in the tournament, but we shouldn’t get excited. We must remain focused on the game against the Czech Republic in three days. We want to go far but we must remain humble ”, also reacted Captain Nicolas Batum to France Televisions.
Earlier today, France won its first gold medal of these Tokyo games thanks to the victory of swordsman Romain Cannone against world number one, Hungarian Gergely Siklosi. Judoka Amandine Buchard won silver on Sunday. On Saturday, judoka Luka Mkheidze, a native of Tbilisi in Georgia and naturalized French in 2015 after his arrival as a political refugee, offered his first medal to the French delegation with a bronze medal.